Dr. Muzaffer Şenel | Director
Muzaffer Şenel completed his undergraduate studies at the Department of International Relations of Near Eastern University, Lefkoşa, Turkish State of Cyprus. He obtained his M.A. degree from the Department of European Union Politics and International Relations at Marmara University European Community Institute and continued PhD studies at the Department of Political Science and International Relations of Marmara University. Before joining to ŞEHİR, he worked at Kocaeli (2000-2002) and Marmara University (2002-2010). Between 2004-2014 he was external referee for EU Youth projects for EU National Agency of Turkey. With EUROMESCO, TÜBİTAK and Regional Jean Monnet scholarships, he was a visiting researcher at Teleki Lázsló Institute (renamed to Institute for Foreign Affairs and Trade) Foreign Policy Research Center in Budapest, Hungary; The Center for European Studies at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and Centre for Islamic Studies at Oxford University. Since 2009, he works as also freelance political risk consultant and participating Track II diplomacy meetings.
Şenel has written articles on the European Union, Turkish Foreign Policy and Cyprus in the semi-journal Anlayış and has articles published in various books and journals. His areas of research are the security-identity-order relationship, Turkish foreign policy, Cyprus, European Union politics and international relations, the Middle East policy of the European Union and neighbouring politics. Şenel has a documentary film on “Forgotten Heritage: Waqf/Foundations of Cyprus” and edited two books: With Sadık Ünay, (Ed.), he has published a book entitled Global Orders and Civilizations: Perspectives from History, Philosophy and International Relations (Nova Science Publications, New York, 2009); With Mesut Özcan (ed.), Modernite ve Dünya Düzen(ler)i/Modernity and World Order(s), (Klasik Yayınları, Istanbul, 2010).
Assoc. Prof. Abdulhamit Kırmızı
Abdulhamit Kırmızı, who has focused his attention on the last century of Ottoman history, has carried out research predominantly on biography, bureaucracy, nationalism and narrative. Kırmızı, who has concentrated mostly on administration and the decision-making mechanism in the last period of the Ottoman Empire, has written two books: Abdulhamid’s Governors: Ottoman County Management, 1895-1908 and Governor Süreyya from Alvonya; Albania after the Ottomans, 1912-1920. Kırmızı, who has been on the editorial board for the Turkish Studies Review (TALID) since the date of its establishment, is currently writing a biography entitled Abdulhamid’s Albania: Alvonyali Ferid Pasha, Governor of Konya and Grand Vizier. After completing his education at Ankara University (SBF), Hacettepe University and Boğaziçi University, Kırmızı completed post-doctorate studies at University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies; he then joined the staff at Istanbul Şehir University in 2009.
Assist. Prof. Zübeyir Nişancı
Zubeyir Nisanci teaches at the department of Sociology at İstanbul Şehir University. Receiving his BA degree at Bogazici University, Zubeyir completed his Masters studies at the Hartford Seminary. During his Masters studies, he worked as a data analyst at the Hartford Institute Religion Research. He received his PhD studies at Loyola University Chicago where he also taught courses such as Sociology of Religion, Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Global Inequalities and Social Movements. Between 2011 and 2013, Zubeyir Nisanci also worked as a statistics adviser at Loyola. His areas of interests include sociology of religion, quantitative methods, religious movements, civic participation, immigration and globalization.
Assist. Prof. Mehmet Fatih Uslu
Mehmet Fatih Uslu is assistant professor of Turkish Language and Literature at Istanbul Şehir University. He is the author of Çatışma ve Müzakere: Osmanlı’da Ermenice ve Türkçe Dramatik Edebiyat (Conflict and Negotiation: Armenian and Turkish Dramatic Literature in the Ottoman Empire” (2014). He is also the co-editor of the volume Tanzimat ve Edebiyat: Osmanlı İstanbul’unda Modern Edebi Kültür (Tanzimat and Literature: Modern Literary Culture in the Ottoman Istanbul), with Fatih Altuğ (2014). He has translated numerous works of literature and humanities from English, Italian, and Armenian into Turkish. He continues to translate from Armenian, with a special focus on the works of Ottoman Armenian writer Zabel Yesayan.
Assist. Prof. Hüseyin Alptekin
Hüseyin Alptekin received B.A. degrees in International Relations and Business Management from Beykent University, an M.A. in International Relations from Koc University, and an M.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. Alptekin received his Ph.D. degree from the Department of Government, the University of Texas at Austion in 2014. Alptekin’s publications so far have appeared in Afro Eurasian Studies, Blackwell Encyclopedia of Political Thought, Insight Turkey, ISZU Journal of Social Sciences, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics. Alptekin’s research focus on ethnicity and nationalism, ethnic conflict, Turkish politics, research methods, and comparative politics.